Manchester United's perfect cut-price replacement for Paul Scholes

Eintracht Frankfurt

Manchester United have been linked with several top class midfielders ahead of this summer. Here’s another option which could be a lot cheaper.

The list of Manchester United targets to replace Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs forms a very long list; Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen, Kevin Strootman, Lars Bender, Victor Wanyama. It goes on and on.

Regardless of whether the accuracy of those rumours is true there is another candidate in the form of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Stefan Aigner.

The reason this is a good choice for United is simple, he’s got pretty much every skill in the book.

He’s tall, strong, young and enthusiastic and his recent club history suggests he’d be more than excited by the prospect of joining one of the world’s best clubs.

He’d also be a lot cheaper than any of the other midfield candidates mentioned because of the club he plays for and the fact that United would most likely be unchallenged should they switch their attention to him.

He’s started every single game for Frankfurt so far this season scoring and creating seven goals in the process. So the creative side of his game, that spark that United look for takes care of itself.

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He’s also picked up a couple of yellow cards which suggests he can be aggressive when he needs to be but that he generally has better timing than Scholes, who doesn’t ever seem to have learnt how to make a clean tackle.

He’s also 25-years old which is on the younger side when looking at the midfield players in the Bundesliga who are scoring and creating goals.

Therefore, it would be an investment by the Old Trafford club and one which should grow as he develops into a much better and more complete player, which is something Sir Alex Ferguson is capable of helping happen.

Personally it would be a no brainer for Aigner because he’s not a German international and he’s not playing Champions League football.

This presents him with the chance to explode onto a whole new level of his career because if he gets a move to any top European side, two of things he’ll be looking for are a good chance to get into the national team and Champions League games.

This move has as much chance of happening as any of the other players United have been linked with above. The difference is it’s much more realistic in terms of the way Ferguson seems to be rebuilding his side at present and the midfield.

United fans, would do you make of him?

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